Building Your Own GSM Network: A Demonstration of the Village Base Station Project
Title: Building Your Own GSM Network: A Demonstration of the Village Base Station Project
Date (published): 15/07/2011
Date (accessed): 18/06/2011
Type of information: blog post
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"MoblleActive.org recently had the opportunity to test an off-the-grid GSM base station. Kurtis Heimerl presented The Village Base Station (VBTS), (link is a PDF) a low-power means of providing mobile network service without grid power or network infrastructure.
Below, Heimerl demonstrates the basic workings of a GSM networks and OpenBTS, an open-source platform that allows one to set up a cellular network at a fraction of the cost of a GSM network. Heimerl shows how phones find their base towers and settle on a frequency, and how OpenBTS condenses that process into a lower-powered, cheaper network."